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JunoCam, The People’s Jupiter Camera

A global view of Jupiter from Cassini

Air Date: 06/14/2016
Run Time: 31:46

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Topics: mission status, podcasts and videos, Planetary Radio, Juno, Jupiter

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The Juno spacecraft will enter orbit at Jupiter on July 4th. It carries a camera that will send back spectacular images from just above the swirling clouds of that mighty planet. Planetary scientist Candy Hansen will tell us how we can help decide what it will view. You can watch Emily Lakdawalla deliver illustrated presentations to two very different audiences. Bruce Betts becomes the masked astronomer on this week’s What’s Up.

Location of JunoCam on Juno

NASA / JPL / Eyes on the Solar System / Emily Lakdawalla

Location of JunoCam on Juno
Junocam is located on one side of the spacecraft. As Juno spins, Junocam can see 360 degrees around.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Björn Jónsson

Jupiter's Great Red Spot
3x2 'anniversary image mosaic' of the Great Red Spot (GRS) that Galileo obtained during its first orbit of Jupiter on June 26, 1996.

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What was the name of the first human spaceflight of the Chinese space program? (In English, please.)

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How many NASA field centers are named after former astronauts?

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During the current closest approach, how big is the disc of Mars as seen from Earth as measured in arc-seconds?

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At its just-passed closest approach to Earth in 2016, Mars appeared to be about 18.6 arc-seconds across.

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